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Shawabty

The figure is very crudely formed, block shaped and roughtly rectangular. The surface is dark brown and worn. The arms and implements are not indicated and the face is roughly formed. An ancient Egyptian shawabty is a funerary figurine that was intended to magically animate in the Afterlife in...

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Provenance

From Giza, Pit G 7758 W, debris of room VII. 1931: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

31.1938

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Shawabtys and Shawabty Boxes